Applied to almost 300 jobs, why can't I get a job?

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liltwan888 in Silver Spring, Maryland

59 months ago

Hello everyone, I'm looking for answers and advice. First let me lay it all out. I am a 26 year old 8 year veteran from the United States Air Force. In the Air Force I was a Security Forces specialist. I live in the DC metro area (DC, MD & VA). I have two associates degrees one in criminal justice and another in social psychology both from the University of Maryland College Park. I also have a bachelor's degree in information technology from UMUC and a graduate certificate in human resources management. I have an inactive top secret clearance.

My goal ultimately is to obtain my MBA and work in Human resources. I am good with computers and wouldn't mind working in information technology but I think I'm better with people, thus the HR transition. Unfortunately I can't land a job in either field. I have been unemployed for one year and today my funds are at negative. At first I only applied to entry level IT and HR jobs but then a couple of months later my funds started to deplete. So at that point I was going to take whatever job I could.

I applied to hundreds of jobs to include security, law enforcement, hospitality, retail, clerical and more. Things got so bad I even applied for a job at McDonald's I didn't even tell them about my educational background in fear that they would say I was over-qualified for the job. I didn't even get that job. I even applied for dog walking, baby sitting and more but apparently I wasn't qualified to do those jobs. I'm at my wits end and I have no idea what to do, I am dead broke, went into my savings just to keep my car insurance and cell phone paid up. Can't get an internship because apparently I've been out of college too long. I understand my work experience is limited in that I only have a military background (besides the few retail jobs I had in high school) but it is truly getting discouraging. No one will hire me and I have no idea why. They tell me I'm a great interviewee, but I still can't get a job. Thoughts?

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AndyRising in a State of Bliss

59 months ago

How did you manage to get all of those degrees and also perform your Air Force job? Seems like you've been too busy in the 8 years since high school.

Perhaps your resume and your interview presentations aren't getting the point across about the skills and knowledge that you have. Translating military-acquired skills to civilian job requirements seems to be a common problem with veterans. There's lots of info on the web about this... google something like "veteran skill transfer". I found these articles, among many others:

www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator/

www.careerealism.com/transferring-military-skills-civilian/

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-leadership/post/why-companies-hire-veterans-and-why-they-dont/2012/06/12/gJQA9LvrXV_blog.html

Other than that... many of us are having the same problem, but without the military service. I am overqualified, too old, or just not the perfect fit for hundreds of jobs myself.

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youdontkillmoney in Los Angeles, California

59 months ago

Your background is security is if your interest is still security, those are the jobs most willing to hire you such as police officer.

You can think outside the box and get into computer network security which pays more etc and more of an office setting, but this requires getting a degree, pref. master's in IT security from a reputable school (not a diploma mill)

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Leeann66 in Never give up, Ontario

59 months ago

Police officer or working in a prison would be easy to get into. Also, what about Homeland Security? Perhaps working at an airport too. I would leave off the fact you want to get a MBA and go into human resources. Just focus on getting a job for now.

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Leeann66 in Never give up, Ontario

59 months ago

One other idea, border guard.

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nastyaheyyo in Ukraine

54 months ago

I know this problem, because I was coming across with it for a long time. But then I found this site trantr.com/category/professional, and I was taken in hand by my employer and now I understand that it’s the work of the whole my life! :) I can live at work and enjoy it!) I’m real workaholic!))) I wish you to find your favorite job and go to it with pleasure! “We must live in order to work, but don’t work in order to live”! :)

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Running1987 in Waterbury, Connecticut

54 months ago

Appreciate the service have you tried to apply to any V.A. hospitals. Also Metro PD I heard hires a lot of Veterans. Best of luck.

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2Legit in Cincinnati, Ohio

54 months ago

If you're open to working in sales, you might get recruited without trying... if you create a LinkedIn profile and make it public. Put your work and military experience on it and you might find that people may contact you about jobs. The jobs might not be "good" jobs but it may be worth trying.

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EconGuy in Maiden, North Carolina

54 months ago

You aren't trying, or you don't want to work.. Just ask society.. We all try to avoid work and just have a throughput of hundreds of applications a month to fool people..

One thing is for sure, and people here will be quick to tell you too, employers aren't allowed to not hire you based on your looks or communication skills..

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NeedRealjob in Saint Louis, Missouri

54 months ago

EconGuy in Maiden, North Carolina said: You aren't trying, or you don't want to work.. Just ask society.. We all try to avoid work and just have a throughput of hundreds of applications a month to fool people..

One thing is for sure, and people here will be quick to tell you too, employers aren't allowed to not hire you based on your looks or communication skills..

I'm sick of that attitude in general. Sure there are millions of lazy bums but many of us seriously can't find work. Didn't our useless Speaker of the House say unemployed people just "sit around" I vote Republican but the guy is totally useless. Boehner is useless. He never stands up to the Democrats and Obama.

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Helps2BLucky in Rensselaer, New York

54 months ago

2Legit in Cincinnati, Ohio said: If you're open to working in sales, you might get recruited without trying... if you create a LinkedIn profile and make it public. Put your work and military experience on it and you might find that people may contact you about jobs. The jobs might not be "good" jobs but it may be worth trying.

I get people contacting me for such jobs, frequently. I have a job now, but before that, I went two years unemployed, and will probably lose my current job due to economic problems.

It's worth a try. I'm starting to think every single job on the planet is a sales job, whether it is labeled as a "sales" job or not.

I'm trying to view my current position as a "sales position" in hopes that we can steer it back on track.

I guess the best strategy is to find something you believe in, in a company with a decent reputation and then go into sales??!

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Burt Lange in middletown, New York

54 months ago

NeedRealjob in Saint Louis, Missouri said: I'm sick of that attitude in general. Sure there are millions of lazy bums but many of us seriously can't find work. Didn't our useless Speaker of the House say unemployed people just "sit around" I vote Republican but the guy is totally useless. Boehner is useless. He never stands up to the Democrats and Obama.

That bothered me a WHOLE LOT what Boehner said. Years ago true...but in 2015 not true.

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NeedRealjob in Saint Louis, Missouri

54 months ago

Burt Lange in middletown, New York said: That bothered me a WHOLE LOT what Boehner said. Years ago true...but in 2015 not true.

But Obama said during the State of the Union that the economy is strong and job growth is rapid!

Today on the news they said unemployment only 5.5 percent but that many think it's because so many are giving up looking for a job and have ran out of unemployment benefits.

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Burt Lange in middletown, New York

54 months ago

Helps2BLucky in Rensselaer, New York said: I get people contacting me for such jobs, frequently. I have a job now, but before that, I went two years unemployed, and will probably lose my current job due to economic problems.

It's worth a try. I'm starting to think every single job on the planet is a sales job, whether it is labeled as a "sales" job or not.

I'm trying to view my current position as a "sales position" in hopes that we can steer it back on track.

I guess the best strategy is to find something you believe in, in a company with a decent reputation and then go into sales??!

I'm in sales and there are a lot of sales positions. That's what's great about sales. But, sadly most aren't that great.

You want to get into a sales position where the company truly believes in taking care of the customer and it's not always about the bottom line. Publicly traded companies are the worst to work for because they only care about the bottom line.

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Burt Lange in middletown, New York

54 months ago

NeedRealjob in Saint Louis, Missouri said: But Obama said during the State of the Union that the economy is strong and job growth is rapid!

Today on the news they said unemployment only 5.5 percent but that many think it's because so many are giving up looking for a job and have ran out of unemployment benefits.

I talked to an ex employee from Terminix Pest control regarding a sales position. 100 percent commission, you put an unbelievable amount of miles on your car, and they play favorites when it comes to giving out phone leads, and some other undesirable things she talked about. They always are hiring sales.

Could I get the job....probably yes.....will I go for an interview NO. If that makes me lazy and unmotivated and white trash in Boehner's eyes so be it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Roads To Riches in Richmond Hill, Ontario

54 months ago

Hey man...I can totally understand your frustration I know what its like to be unemployed and worse not knowing what the future might hold. I went from a high school diploma with no experience, connections or skills to getting a job at a startup. My one big tip when it comes to applying for a job is STAND OUT! You need to do something to make you stand out from all the other people that are applying for that same job.

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xboxer in Cactus, Arizona

54 months ago

NeedRealjob in Saint Louis, Missouri said: But Obama said during the State of the Union that the economy is strong and job growth is rapid!

Today on the news they said unemployment only 5.5 percent but that many think it's because so many are giving up looking for a job and have ran out of unemployment benefits.

They said today that the jobless rate is down. They said that far MORE jobs were created than they anticipated, and if we keep going at this rate, we will solve the unemployment.

The guy saying this, and I don't know who he is, some economist, or something...doesn't differentiate between "livable wage jobs" and "jobs"....

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xboxer in Cactus, Arizona

54 months ago

Burt Lange in middletown, New York said: I talked to an ex employee from Terminix Pest control regarding a sales position. 100 percent commission, you put an unbelievable amount of miles on your car, and they play favorites when it comes to giving out phone leads, and some other undesirable things she talked about. They always are hiring sales.

Could I get the job....probably yes.....will I go for an interview NO. If that makes me lazy and unmotivated and white trash in Boehner's eyes so be it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Total commission jobs are a numbers game for employers.
It costs them nothing to train you.
It costs them nothing for them to have you bring in a customer. They pay you a low commission.
You realize all the money you spent to get to that, and how you can't pay your bills.
You leave.
It cost them very little to get that customer.

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xboxer in Cactus, Arizona

54 months ago

Roads To Riches in Richmond Hill, Ontario said: Hey man...I can totally understand your frustration I know what its like to be unemployed and worse not knowing what the future might hold. I went from a high school diploma with no experience, connections or skills to getting a job at a startup. My one big tip when it comes to applying for a job is STAND OUT! You need to do something to make you stand out from all the other people that are applying for that same job.

That's what your education, skills, and experience are supposed to do.

But it matters little if you stand on your head, when there are no jobs.

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NeedRealjob in Saint Louis, Missouri

54 months ago

xboxer in Cactus, Arizona said: They said today that the jobless rate is down. They said that far MORE jobs were created than they anticipated, and if we keep going at this rate, we will solve the unemployment.

The guy saying this, and I don't know who he is, some economist, or something...doesn't differentiate between "livable wage jobs" and "jobs"....

Yep. Rush Limbaugh today really tore into these numbers again and basically said the same thing how the numbers are a farce and that many people have simply ran out of unemployment or gave up.

Rush is really tearing into the Republican party lately for not doing anything and not standing up to Obama and calling out the candidates and congress too. Many here might not like him but at least he tells the truth regarding unemployment frequently on his show.

The only jobs I see growth in is cheap stuff like Dollar Stores and Fastfood as people have less money they're going cheaper. I see a lot of ads for those places lately.

Hopefully things still go well for this cashier job despite I had to cancel because I got my pants covered in mud. I'm supposed to go in tomorrow to fill a paper app out. the manager is off on the weekend so hopefully he considers me still. He sounded very interested but I'm sure it's 8 bucks an hour and it's almost 10 miles away.

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Jury 14 in Hartford, Connecticut

54 months ago

xboxer in Cactus, Arizona said: That's what your education, skills, and experience are supposed to do.

But it matters little if you stand on your head, when there are no jobs.

Nope. Because everyone was pushed to go to college by their ignorant baby boomer parents. So now we all have the same skills and education, and 0 experience because no one will give it to us. If we do, it's basic, generic experience. So how do we stand out?

It's become a "fit" game, at this point, and "fit" could mean anything now-a-days.

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Roads2Riches in Richmond Hill, Ontario

54 months ago

xboxer in Cactus, Arizona said: That's what your education, skills, and experience are supposed to do.

But it matters little if you stand on your head, when there are no jobs.

That's true....growing companies are ALWAYS hiring! The problem is that they don't make it available to the public so its your job to target those growing companies, research them and the provide value to stand out and get hired.

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Roads2Riches in Richmond Hill, Ontario

54 months ago

Jury 14 in Hartford, Connecticut said: Nope. Because everyone was pushed to go to college by their ignorant baby boomer parents. So now we all have the same skills and education, and 0 experience because no one will give it to us. If we do, it's basic, generic experience. So how do we stand out?

It's become a "fit" game, at this point, and "fit" could mean anything now-a-days.

It is a new generation and the rules of the game has changed....I was just reading an article that stated the average life span of an employee at a company is less then 5 years. That is so different from decades ago when you would start your career at one company and most likely retire from that same company...that job security is not there anymore.

So job security is basically dead. What do you do? Look for jobs that will make you a better individual so that you can become more valuable out there in the marketplace. Even if you have to work for free its worth it because you are working on your biggest asset which is you!

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Kate_outta_kontrol in deep in the heart of, Texas

54 months ago

Roads2Riches in Richmond Hill, Ontario said: It is a new generation and the rules of the game has changed....I was just reading an article that stated the average life span of an employee at a company is less then 5 years. That is so different from decades ago when you would start your career at one company and most likely retire from that same company...that job security is not there anymore.

So job security is basically dead. What do you do? Look for jobs that will make you a better individual so that you can become more valuable out there in the marketplace. Even if you have to work for free its worth it because you are working on your biggest asset which is you!

I aint working for free

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Roads2Riches in Richmond Hill, Ontario

54 months ago

Kate_outta_kontrol in deep in the heart of, Texas said: I aint working for free

Never said you have to but if that's your last option...I would rather work for free for a month and learn new skills and get experience that are going to help me throughout the rest of my career rather then have meaningless jobs that doesn't allow me to learn and grow

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David Dodds in Sweden

54 months ago

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xboxer in Cactus, Arizona

54 months ago

Roads2Riches in Richmond Hill, Ontario said: Never said you have to but if that's your last option...I would rather work for free for a month and learn new skills and get experience that are going to help me throughout the rest of my career rather then have meaningless jobs that doesn't allow me to learn and grow

That's BS.
This business that working for no wages will somehow better you....companies don't train you on the job anymore.

If you work for NO WAGES, when you decide you need to be paid, watch out. They will find another FREE version of you.

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xboxer in Cactus, Arizona

54 months ago

Roads2Riches in Richmond Hill, Ontario said: It is a new generation and the rules of the game has changed....I was just reading an article that stated the average life span of an employee at a company is less then 5 years. That is so different from decades ago when you would start your career at one company and most likely retire from that same company...that job security is not there anymore.

So job security is basically dead. What do you do? Look for jobs that will make you a better individual so that you can become more valuable out there in the marketplace. Even if you have to work for free its worth it because you are working on your biggest asset which is you!

This whole bit about "you're biggest asset is you!" and the whole "think positive" and "smile a lot" stuff...

We all KNOW there's NO JOB SECURITY anymore!!!! We know this.

Unless there are jobs, there are no interviews. You can't toot your own horn unless you get interviews.

Unless you want to stand on the street and shout.

Telling us to look for jobs that make us stand out?

Most of us cannot get any responses to jobs we are clearly qualified for.

This kind of career advice is just dead.

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Burt Lange in middletown, New York

54 months ago

Roads2Riches in Richmond Hill, Ontario said: It is a new generation and the rules of the game has changed....I was just reading an article that stated the average life span of an employee at a company is less then 5 years. That is so different from decades ago when you would start your career at one company and most likely retire from that same company...that job security is not there anymore.

So job security is basically dead. What do you do? Look for jobs that will make you a better individual so that you can become more valuable out there in the marketplace. Even if you have to work for free its worth it because you are working on your biggest asset which is you!

There are actually people out there who will hang on to every word you say. What BS!

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Saral Rozgar in India

52 months ago

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UMUC is a great place to work in Brandywine, Maryland

50 months ago

I work at UMUC HR and we have a lot of resumes that we receive for our jobs. We are a very good place to work and have an awesome HR team. Our VP HR at UMUC is John Petrov and he is leading the way to make us an employer of choice.

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hiremeformytalent in Sacramento, California

24 months ago

Part of the reason you can not find a job after 300 applications is ATS or applicant tracking systems. It is a large reason that many resumes and applications end up in a void of nothingness and you never receive any reply. Those who created it and use it, usually have set the reject ratio too high, or require too specific of keywords or skills. Think of it as spam, but in reverse.

In my opinion, all applicant tracking systems need to be deleted like the virus that they are.

My further comment below is for employers.

The employers need to put the human back in human resources. Have a person actually physically LOOK at the first page of every resume for a position before keeping or rejecting it. Have someone actually read the talent and skills on the applications. Have someone autosend emails about whether the applicants are needed for interviews or are hired or are simply not hired, it is just common courtesy and proper etiquette.

If you don't have the people power to do that, then hire more HR, hire HR interns or HR temp or hire HR part time,for at least a few dollars above min wage.
Think the talent pool is too small for any job, there are more than millions of unemployed people who are willing to work and who can fill this void, they just need to be hired.
The whole process of getting a job and becoming employed nowadays is broken, but it can be repaired, and it starts with people.

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2Legit in Cincinnati, Ohio

24 months ago

hiremeformytalent in Sacramento, California said: Part of the reason you can not find a job after 300 applications is ATS or applicant tracking systems. It is a large reason that many resumes and applications end up in a void of nothingness and you never receive any reply. Those who created it and use it, usually have set the reject ratio too high, or require too specific of keywords or skills. Think of it as spam, but in reverse.

In my opinion, all applicant tracking systems need to be deleted like the virus that they are.

My further comment below is for employers.

The employers need to put the human back in human resources. Have a person actually physically LOOK at the first page of every resume for a position before keeping or rejecting it. Have someone actually read the talent and skills on the applications. Have someone autosend emails about whether the applicants are needed for interviews or are hired or are simply not hired, it is just common courtesy and proper etiquette.

If you don't have the people power to do that, then hire more HR, hire HR interns or HR temp or hire HR part time,for at least a few dollars above min wage.
Think the talent pool is too small for any job, there are more than millions of unemployed people who are willing to work and who can fill this void, they just need to be hired.
The whole process of getting a job and becoming employed nowadays is broken, but it can be repaired, and it starts with people.

Maybe the reason why they don't feel the need to invest in more HR is because the applications outweigh the jobs. More apps than jobs. Therefore, the onus is on the applicant to stand out. I'm not saying it is pleasant, just the way it is. Supply and demand. Companies don't spend more money unless they have good reason to. If lots of people want to work at your company, that's good, and you become arrogant as a result.

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Kay Garcia in Texas

24 months ago

I can't find a job either. Just moved to San Antonio from NM and it seems like I will forever be unemployed. I apply at a new job as they come and no one calls. I have literally applied at right under 100 jobs. I am very skilled at my job, I just need someone to give me a chance.

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M L D in Glenolden, Pennsylvania

23 months ago

I have been in the industry for 30 years and have accelerated degrees amd certs in many of the new technologies. Heres what I see.

Recruiters dont understand enough to accurately select candidates

There is a clickish feel to the communities who are hireing in

Skills now must match the requirements precisely, experience or trainability seems optional

The "as a service" seems to also apply to people where companies dispose of th with a blink of an eye, with little or no reason.

Metrics arent captured that reflect building of teams or communities, so the value of that does not seem to be recognized.

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Duck! in Avenel, New Jersey

23 months ago

M L D in Glenolden, Pennsylvania said: Skills now must match the requirements precisely, experience or trainability seems optional

Metrics arent captured that reflect building of teams or communities, so the value of that does not seem to be recognized.

Yeah, I notice this in my field as well. I think that since so many people are applying for jobs companies don't need to train as they can find applicants who already have the required/desired skills. The most they'd need to do is to ramp them up to in-house procedures or workflows.

My sense is that companies feel that if your team can achieve desired metrics, then the team is well-built -- ie., outcomes reflect a a team's cohesion, motivation, etc. Not sure if that's accurate, but that seems to be how companies think.

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Jasmine Reed from WNY in Buffalo, New York

23 months ago

As an independent recruiter servicing several companies, I can vouch for how tough the job market is. Sadly, I have to reject candidates for a gamut of reasons. The most common reason is because the candidate is perfect for a position but not willing to relocate. Sometimes it's not you that's the problem, IT'S THE LOCATION! Jobs are scarce, now is not the time to be picky! If anyone reading this needs a job, contact me at inez1270@gmail.com. Thanks!

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savannah in Boise, Idaho

22 months ago

Kay Garcia in Texas said: I can't find a job either. Just moved to San Antonio from NM and it seems like I will forever be unemployed. I apply at a new job as they come and no one calls. I have literally applied at right under 100 jobs. I am very skilled at my job, I just need someone to give me a chance.

Kay, I have been there, and the ONLY way I got anywhere was to go to the places and have your best smile on and a resume in hand and say. I am looking for work. I have what you need and then have a memorized little speech quickly stating what you can do. It is awful, it is humbling, but you keep at it, and you ask if they can't hire you, do they have anyone else they know anyone. I found that sometimes the research desk person at the library hears or knows people that frequent the library and I have even gone and talked to those people just to pick their brain for opportunities. If you have a Starbucks, sometimes people are telecommuting there and talk to them. Find out where networking breakfasts are held-Chamber of Commerce can help or even radio stations sometimes know. Try to get specific names to talk to. I found unannounced stuff that way, sometimes it was just temp stuff, but it was something. If you have a staffing agency, get to know that counselor and keep letting them know you are looking. Temp work can become full time if you do good work.

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Kay Garcia in Texas

22 months ago

savannah in Boise, Idaho said: Kay, I have been there, and the ONLY way I got anywhere was to go to the places and have your best smile on and a resume in hand and say. I am looking for work. I have what you need and then have a memorized little speech quickly stating what you can do. It is awful, it is humbling, but you keep at it, and you ask if they can't hire you, do they have anyone else they know anyone. I found that sometimes the research desk person at the library hears or knows people that frequent the library and I have even gone and talked to those people just to pick their brain for opportunities. If you have a Starbucks, sometimes people are telecommuting there and talk to them. Find out where networking breakfasts are held-Chamber of Commerce can help or even radio stations sometimes know. Try to get specific names to talk to. I found unannounced stuff that way, sometimes it was just temp stuff, but it was something. If you have a staffing agency, get to know that counselor and keep letting them know you are looking. Temp work can become full time if you do good work.

That's a good idea. I worked with a temp agency, they helped out a lot but pay very little. Thank you for your advise, I will definitely take it in consideration ��

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2Legit in Cincinnati, Ohio

22 months ago

roads2riches in Richmond Hill, Ontario said: It is a new generation and the rules of the game has changed....I was just reading an article that stated the average life span of an employee at a company is less then 5 years. That is so different from decades ago when you would start your career at one company and most likely retire from that same company...that job security is not there anymore.

So job security is basically dead. What do you do? Look for jobs that will make you a better individual so that you can become more valuable out there in the marketplace. Even if you have to work for free its worth it because you are working on your biggest asset which is you!

I do not agree about working for free, I won't work for free unless it's for a project I'm working on by myself, for myself, HOWEVER, I agree with everything else roads2riches said....

because IT IS TRUE. Think about it. How many of you have either been let go from a company, or known someone who was let go from a company, due to layoffs?
Or how many of you have been fired because your "performance" wasn't up to par, and it could have been better, but you just weren't given the proper tools or training to do the job?

Face it, we are all, as employees, cogs in a wheel that can be replaced. You work and then you go home to the people that REALLY matter- your family, friends, or even if it's just your dog or cat! Your employer doesn't love you! Your intimate circle does!

That's why I agree that in this new economy that is tough, cruel, where there is no loyalty, where you are lucky to get a 2% raise and grateful to just get a job, you have to look out for yourself and think about these things... the next job you take, if you're fortunate to have options, will it give you more skills? That is not just happy-talk, that's reality, because there are so many applicants, and if you don't have experience, you will lose.

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Ted in Holden, Massachusetts

20 months ago

I also have I.T experience with military as consultant and have had most of same experience as you have. My belief is the wealthy in USA keep a database of people skilled with computers or for example have security + certifications in a database and nobody most likely will hire you for any other type of work cause of it

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Suburban_Gal in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

20 months ago

liltwan888 in Silver Spring, Maryland said: I am a 26 year old 8 year veteran from the United States Air Force. In the Air Force I was a Security Forces specialist

liltwan888 in Silver Spring, Maryland said: I understand my work experience is limited in that I only have a military background (besides the few retail jobs I had in high school) but it is truly getting discouraging. No one will hire me and I have no idea why. They tell me I'm a great interviewee, but I still can't get a job. Thoughts?

My mom is a federal employee and she works at USMEPCOM HQ as a civilian employee processing payroll for civilian MEPCOM employees. A lot of veterans are employed there. The vast majority miss a lot of work because they suffer from depression and PTSD. They also miss a lot of work because they're constantly going to the VA for various appointments with doctors and specialists. They're out of the office just as much (or more) than a classroom teacher is for in-service days and teacher training. This is why a lot of employers on the outside don't want to hire veterans. After all, time is money and it hurts productivity.

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Ted in Worcester, Massachusetts

19 months ago

Well, you will certainly be hired quickly doing an impression of our bully and chief president.

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Ryko Ferrior in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

18 months ago

You have to create your own lane and opportunities. We cant sit around and wait for people to hire us that dont want us there in the first place. So think about what you really like and really want to do and turn it into a profit. Theres too many ways for us to make money to be sitting around applying for jobs ant companies that dont care about us and not going to do nothing but treat us bad and get on our nerves. I started a hair company and working on a cosmetics company.

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Leslie E Taylor in Desoto, Texas

17 months ago

Nowadays, you better take what you can get and push pride aside. Degree or no degree, it's hard out here today. Anytime you got a bachelor's or master's degree and working in a warehouse, something is wrong. Seemingly, a person has more job security taking up a trade and working in the service industry. Or like someone else said, turn your passion into a business. Even if you do have a job, have something else make money for you, like have an online store selling various items. I make and sell jewelry on Etsy and plan to sell other things in the future. With job security unstable these days, you can't put all your eggs in one basket.

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David in Wichita, Kansas

17 months ago

Interesting topic. Especially since it's been going on for years. I was employed in state government for a long time and sat on both sides of the interview table.

When you're interviewing, employers want to hear about how passionate and excited you are about the job. I get it. This is so stupid. How passionate can you be about making sandwiches or stacking boxes. If the thought of trying to convince an employer that your life's goal is to wash cars for $8 an hour makes you feel ill than I'd strongly suggest going a different direction.

Look, if you don't value yourself no one else will. Apply for positions that you genuinely want. Otherwise it's a bad fit and you'll end up broke and disappointed. A few people have had the suggestion to go to work for yourself (that's what I do now) and it's a great suggestion. Few things are more rewarding than being your own boss. It's not for everyone however and there are limits to what you can accomplish on your own.

Be deliberate about what you want and your career progression. Don't accept bad positions with companies that don't value or respect you. It's a trap and will cost you your self respect and valuable time.

Best wishes!

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Sillyheart in Huntington Beach, California

17 months ago

You know what interests me about this? You're a veteran. Do you know how many organizations are out there that help veterans? Do you know how many organizations are out there that help people under 21 years old? There are tons of them. I'm 62 years old and no one will help me. I'm stuck in the middle. Investigate. I have no sympathy for you.

My goal ultimately is to obtain my MBA and work in Human resources. I am good with computers and wouldn't mind working in information technology but I think I'm better with people, thus the HR transition. Unfortunately I can't land a job in either field. I have been unemployed for one year and today my funds are at negative. At first I only applied to entry level IT and HR jobs but then a couple of months later my funds started to deplete. So at that point I was going to take whatever job I could.

I applied to hundreds of jobs to include security, law enforcement , hospitality , retail, clerical and more. Things got so bad I even applied for a job at McDonald's I didn't even tell them about my educational background in fear that they would say I was over-qualified for the job. I didn't even get that job. I even applied for dog walking, baby sitting and more but apparently I wasn't qualified to do those jobs. I'm at my wits end and I have no idea what to do, I am dead broke, went into my savings just to keep my car insurance and cell phone paid up. Can't get an internship because apparently I've been out of college too long. I understand my work experience is limited in that I only have a military background (besides the few retail jobs I had in high school) but it is truly getting discouraging. No one will hire me and I have no idea why. They tell me I'm a great interviewee, but I still can't get a job. Thoughts?

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Ted in Worcester, Massachusetts

17 months ago

Not everyone who works for the military is a veteran. Some of us are contractors. The military would deny are existance before they would do anything for us.

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David in Wichita, Kansas

17 months ago

I'm sorry to hear that you're having this hard of a time. I don't know the specifics of your situation but I'll throw out a couple of ideas that might help.

There are senior advocacy and management groups. www.hbcoa.org/ that's the one in your area. I haven't worked with this one, but a few others and they have been very nice and helpful.

If you're a vet, see if you can qualify for disability. I know that sounds crazy, but my dad qualified 50 years after his service. Contact the DAV or American Legion and they can assist you with that process.

This one is more radical. If you own your home you could consider selling and moving somewhere lower cost. You might have enough equity to outright buy a multi family (duplex, triplex, quad) that you can use to live in and collect enough rent to live off of until you get your feet under you financially. You can get duplexes out here for 60k (using as an example, there are lots of places where you can find housing at low costs).

Again, I'm sorry you're going through this. The job market is not what it's advertised.

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16 months ago

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